The Effects Of Juvenile Delinquency On The Development Of Our Youth

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Families play a vital role in the development of our youth. Studies done on juvenile delinquency have shown that the family environment can present either a risk or protective factor. According to Beaver (2013) families that have one child that has antisocial or criminal behavior are statistically more likely to have a sibling who will imitate similar characteristics, raising the likelihood that they will additionally engage in crime. I have found through my research that as the number of risk factors at which adolescents are exposed to increase, the probability that they will engage in delinquent behaviors increases. The presence of one risk factor may promote the existence of another risk factor, which may then in return lead to a greater likelihood of problematic behaviors in adolescents. A family that has multiple risk factors is considered an "at-risk families. Discovering the root causes and factors and understanding the effects of these family-based risk and protective factors are important in preventing adolescents from being involved in illegal, harmful, or inappropriate conduct, and keeping them on track. Much research has been done on the family risk factors that may contribute to the cases of juvenile delinquency. Risk Factors include, ineffective or parental behavior, poor supervision, lack of support, or overly aggressive, controlling, inconsistent or overly strict discipline, lack of affection, and child parenting bonding, as well as the inability to set clear limits between parent and child. Parental, sibling, or close family relatives, which have partaken in criminal activity, and have a history. Reoccurring family conflicts, neglect and mistreatment during childhood, and often been a victim of, or witness to,... ... middle of paper ... ...ring. Although there is really no way to completely predict which children will have behavior and or delinquent tendency’s in the future, it is important to know how as a parent, educators, and community can effectively reduce the rates of juvenile delinquency early onset. Studies have shown once an adolescent has been exposed or acted out of the delinquency and behavior issues, these programs have been shown to have less effect on making a positive change in these individuals. It is important to be involved early onset before these behaviors occur; as once they occur antisocial habits are well developed. Once an adolescent is processed through the juvenile system, it is more likely that these behaviors will continue to occur throughout adulthood, and negative behaviors could be passed down to their offspring’s, from generation to generation a continued cycle.

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